Now that the 5,461 hospitals in the U.S. have invested heavily in EHR systems, they’re focused on leveraging technology for everything from better communication and data storage to precision medicine and population management. Healthcare IT News teamed up with HIMSS Analytics to identify the technologies likely to grow fastest in 2017.

Take a look and see how your organization’s investment plans align with the predicted buying activity. Some of the biggest growth areas include:

  • Infection surveillance systems. Reducing hospital-acquired infections is a key measure for CMS quality scores.
  • Radiology 3D image/display. The ability to see and manipulate increasingly large, complex images requires special monitors and software.
  • Nurse communication systems. As nurses continue to be the primary caregivers — and majority of employees — in hospitals, making sure they’re where they need to be when they need to be there remains a top priority.
  • Health information exchange. Several new purpose-built vendors are spurring interest in HIE-specific systems, even though the majority of implementations continue to be in existing EMR systems.
  • Encryption, firewall and spam/spyware filters. Believe it or not, many hospitals still lack these basic security technologies.

Find out more about which healthcare technologies will be must-haves in 2017 — and beyond.

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